What you can do
Ruth Hunt and Cathryn Wright

Why you should Come Out For LGBT

Today, Stonewall launches its first major public awareness campaign since we started putting ‘SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY. GET OVER IT!’ on the sides of London buses over 10 years ago.

In that 10 years, we’ve made incredible progress as a movement.  

We have same-sex marriage. We have equal parenting rights. We have an openly gay leader of a political party.  

So why are we launching a campaign now?  Why are we dusting off the printers and begging for donated advertising space again?

Bit by bit, action by action, we can create communities where everyone is accepted without exception.

The answer is there in the cold hard stats we are releasing in our new report, which looks at the hate crime and discrimination experienced by LGBT people in Britain today.  It makes for a disturbing read. It shows that:

  • Hate crime has leapt up. Since 2013, the number of lesbian, gay and bi people in Britain who have experienced hate crime has increased by a staggering 78 per cent.

  • In the past year, one in five LGB people have experienced a hate crime because of their sexual orientation.

  • Two in five trans people (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months

  • Sadly, four in five LGBT people (81 per cent) who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police

These statistics make it very clear to anyone who thinks the fight is over - it isn’t.
 
Trans legal equality is still a long way off. But even when we achieve this, there will still be work to do.
 
This is because legislation isn’t the end. The real-life experience of LGBT people across the UK has not kept up with legislation.
 
We need more than legal equality: we need to transform hearts and minds across society. LGBT rights need to be something that matters to everyone.

We hope our new campaign - Come Out for LGBT - gets us closer to that.

We hope our new campaign - Come Out for LGBT - gets us closer to that.

We need fathers to come out in support of gay sons. We need teachers to come out in support of bi pupils. We need lesbians to come out in support of trans women. We need to show people that small actions have an impact.
 
We want you to join us, take the pledge to Come Out for LGBT in whatever ways you can, and share it with everyone you know.  

Only by working together can we create a Britain where no one faces violence, harassment, and discrimination just because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  

Bit by bit, action by action, we can create communities where everyone is accepted without exception.

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